Rising Star Nominees

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The profiles of the NEAFL Rising Star Award nominees will be published on this page every week throughout the 2017 season.

ROUND 4
Darcy Baron-Hay (Sydney University)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 20.

By his own admission, Darcy Baron-Hay was ‘pretty lucky’ to even make a NSW/ACT Rams 60-player squad two years ago.

But it was genius move from coach Tadhg Kennelly which completely transformed the player he was.

Baron-Hay had played all his junior football in Sydney as a key forward up until one day when Kennelly threw him in defence to see if he would sink or swim.

Read the full story here.

ROUND 3
Callum McFadden (Sydney University)

Age: 20. NEAFL Games: 23.

Sydney University midfielder Callum McFadden has been recognised for his strong start to the NEAFL season with the Round 3 Rising Star nomination.

The former Sydney Swans Academy member has been named in the Students’ best in two out of three matches so far, including their 57-point victory over Redland at Henson Park on Saturday.

Following several years within the Swans Academy and NSW/ACT Rams programs, McFadden was played for the Swans in the NEAFL last year as part of the club’s newly-formed NEAFL Development Squad.

Read the full story here.

ROUND 2
Mitch Maguire (Canberra Demons)

Age: 18. NEAFL Games: 5.

Canberra Demons midfielder Mitch Maguire earned the Round 2 nomination after his impressive start to the 2017 season.

The 18-year-old polled two NEAFL MVP votes this week after collecting 23 disposals and a goal in the Demons’ loss to Aspley, backing up from 28 disposals and 11 clearances against Redland in Round 1.

Originally from the Northern Jets, he is a former NSW/ACT Rams representative who was selected in the Allies side for the National Under-18 Championships last year.

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ROUND 1
Adam Sambono (NT Thunder)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 1.

NT Thunder forward Adam Sambono has been awarded the Round 1 NEAFL Rising Star nomination after his best-on-ground effort against Aspley.

The slightly-built 19-year-old stole the show in the opening round at Darwin’s TIO Stadium, booting 6.4 and polling nine NEAFL MVP votes in a stunning debut appearance.

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